Rating:
Voted: 0

The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World


2010 | EPUB | 256 pages | 4 MB

World of Warcraft is more than a game. There is no ultimate goal, no winning hand, no princess to be rescued. WoW is an immersive virtual world in which characters must cope in a dangerous environment, assume identities, struggle to understand and communicate, learn to use technology, and compete for dwindling resources. Beyond the fantasy and science fiction details, as many have noted, it's not entirely unlike today's world. In The Warcraft Civilization, sociologist William Sims Bainbridge goes further, arguing that WoW can be seen not only as an allegory of today but also as a virtual prototype of tomorrow, of a real human future in which tribe-like groups will engage in combat over declining natural resources, build temporary alliances on the basis of mutual self-interest, and seek a set of values that transcend the need for war. What makes WoW an especially good place to look for insights about Western civilization, Bainbridge says, is that it bridges past and future. It is founded on Western cultural tradition, yet aimed toward the virtual worlds we could create in times to come.


14 Days Free Access to USENET
Free 300 GB with 10 GB High-Speed

Could be also interesting for you:

  • Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children's Everyday Play

    Gameworlds: Virtual Media and Children's Everyday Play
  • Battlefields of Negotiation: Control, Agency, and Ownership in World of War ...

    Battlefields of Negotiation: Control, Agency, and Ownership in World of War ...
  • FarmVille For Dummies

    FarmVille For Dummies
  • Catherine Browne, The Sims 3 Late Night - Prima Essential Guide: Prima Offi ...

    Catherine Browne, The Sims 3 Late Night - Prima Essential Guide: Prima Offi ...
  • How to Become a Video Game Artist

    How to Become a Video Game Artist
  • World of Warcraft and Philosophy Wrath of the Philosopher King

    World of Warcraft and Philosophy Wrath of the Philosopher King
  • The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect

    The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect
  • World of Warcraft Gold Strategy Guide

    World of Warcraft Gold Strategy Guide
  • Game Invaders: The Theory and Understanding of Computer Games

    Game Invaders: The Theory and Understanding of Computer Games
  • The Video Game Industry: Formation, Present State, and Future

    The Video Game Industry: Formation, Present State, and Future

Popular Ebooks